Thursday, 31 March 2022
This screening session features 6 films. All films are in English and/or have English subtitles.
CLOSE-UP FILM CENTRE
97 Sclater Street
London E1 6HR
Free entry. Reserve your tickets now here.
IRON BUTTERFLIES (U.K.) BY LOUISE SALTER
Synopsis: Two weeks away from a high-stakes surgery, Robert candidly shares how his fading sight may have given rise to the eyes of his future. Running time: 00:04:41.
About the director: Entering the film industry as an actress, Louise led in award-winning short films whilst developing her skills as a creative producer. In 2017, Louise co-created, produced and led alongside Scottish BAFTA-winner Sophie Kennedy Clark in her sci-fi short film, “How to be Human”. The film screened at international and BAFTA-qualifying festivals including Sitges, Raindance, Encounters, inside the Museum of Mexico City and at Miami International, where it won “best sci-fi” and Louise “best actress”. Following its success, How to be Human secured worldwide distribution via DUST and attracted investment for a slate of feature-length projects to be developed under Louise’s production company, Slowcooked. Louise has been selected for BAFTA Crew 2021, is a tutor at Cambridge University on the Writing for Performance MA, a mentor to students on the Raindance Postgraduate Film MA programme, on the jury of the EMIFF 48 hour film competition, recognised as an Ethical Influencer and regarded by the BAFTA Albert Consortium as a Carbon Literate filmmaker.
BELLYDANCE VOGUE (LEBANON) BY HADI MOUSSALLY
Synopsis: "My birthday was on the 3rd of April 2020 during lockdown, and for the first time, I celebrated it all by myself. But even if I was alone, I decided to celebrate it as if it’s the last one." A film made during quarantine.Running time: 00:05:00.
Selections/awards: Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest, 180´Berlin Filmfest, Toronto Arthouse FF, London Int Screen Dance Festival, Image+Nation Boston Short Film Festival, Hong Kong Arthouse FF, Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film, Ghent Viewpoint Documentary FF, Flikkers Queer FF, Flatpack Festival 2020, Experimental, Dance & Music FF LA, Fashion FF Amsterdam, and more.
About the director: Hadi Moussally (Lebanon, 1987) has Masters in 'Fiction Cinema' and in 'Documentary and Anthropological Cinema'. The anthropological and documentary approach accustoms him with the sense of keen observation of his subjects and alerts him to the importance of instantaneous shooting; whereas his fictional background gives him the urge of creating sensual, esthetically pleasing imagery universes. Moussally has made fashion films and documentaries some of which have received festival awards, and his experimental project on albinism "Positive" has been exhibited at the UNESCO, the City Hall of Paris and Beirut Art Fair.
SCARS (CANADA) BY ALEX ANNA
Synopsis: Alex Anna’s body is a canvas : her scars come to life to tell a new story of self-harming. Live action and animation intertwine in this short and poetic documentary, both intimate and universal. Running time: 00:10:00.
Selections/awards: Brussels Independent FF, Toronto Arthouse FF.
About the director: Alex Anna is a director and script supervisor in love with cinematographic language and words in all their beauty. As a queer and feminist filmmaker, she signed her first short film “The Fruit of Our Womb” in 2017 (as Laurie Mannessier), and uses art as a way to fight for a better world.
A MAN IN CHAIN (U.K.) BY ALIREZA MIRASADOLLAH
Synopsis: Issa is a 29 year old man held by chains. In the past 14 years, through winter and summer, rainy seasons and drought, he has been tethered around a thick, solid tree root within the sight of the family hut. He cannot move beyond the earthen circle allowed by his two-meter-thick metal chain. Running time: 00:22:23.
About the director: Alireza Mirasadollah is an award-winning director/producer with 12 years experience at the BBC and Iran International TV as a journalist and documentary maker with a total of 24 years in media having begun as an animator in New Zealand 1997. His different documentaries have won several awards.
THE EAGLE TATTOO (U.K.) BY ROSEMARY NORMAN, STUART POUND
Synopsis: A man is found drowned in a few inches of water. His only ID is his tattoo. Running time: 00:01:06.
About the director: Rosemary Norman was born in London and has worked mainly as a librarian. She began writing and even publishing as a child but her first full collection, Threats and Promises, did not appear until 1991. Shoestring Press published her second collection, Italics, in 2010.
DEAD SOULS' VACATION (GEORGIA) BY KEKO CHELIDZE
Synopsis: A once-popular bass player in Tbilisi is now jobless, joyless and crammed into a shoebox-sized one-room apartment with his elderly mother, leaving little space for independence or optimism in this absurd, intimate slice of ex-Soviet life. Running time: 01:06:19.
Selections/awards: Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Brussels Independent FF, Seoul International Architecture FF, CineDOC Tbilisi International Documentary FF, and more.
About the director: Ekaterine (Keko) Chelidze is a young Georgian director and scriptwriter. She studied Film and Television Directing at the Tbilisi State University and since 2012 has been working with the production company 'Parachute Films' as a writer, director, and assistant director. In 2016, Ekaterine co-directed her first short documentary ‘Better Than Dog’ and in 2017 her co-written script for Kote Kalandadze’s feature fiction film ‘The Drummer’ won 1st place at the Georgian National Film Center's (GNFC) debut film competition. In 2018-19 Ekaterine was awarded national support for three feature films as a writer and/or director. Ekaterine is currently in pre-production with her feature fiction film 'No More'.